Replacing bathroom faucet is one of the best ways for updating your bathroom and giving it fresh and new look. Either you are replacing bathroom faucet for renovating purpose or because it is old and leaky, the process is very simple and easy. Replacing bathroom faucet is a DIY job and you can do it very easily and quickly if you are a hand person. For replacing bathroom faucet, you just need some of the tools and some skills and a new faucet and you are done. The job of replacing bathroom faucet can be done in one or two hours. One of the essential things to consider while replacing bathroom faucet is to find a faucet which fits your sink. You must remove the old and take it to the store while buying the new ne so that you can get the exact match. Here is the process of replacing bathroom faucet which will help you to do the job bit easily and guide you through the process.
Collect the supplies
The first and the foremost step of replacing bathroom
faucet are to collect all the supplies needed for the job. You will not like to leave the process in between for fetching some material or tools you forgot. This will make the process more slow and clumsy. Hence it is advisable to gather all the materials and supplies. However this task is very straight forward but it will do need some tools for removing the old faucet and installing the new one. Here is a list of tools you will need for replacing bathroom faucet.
- Basin wrench
- Plumbers tape
- Adjustable wrench
- Measuring tape
- Cloth or rag
- Soap or bathroom cleaner
- New faucet
- Turn the water off
While you are replacing bathroom faucet, chances are there of water leakage. If too much water is leaked, cleaning up the whole mess would be very difficult and clumsy job and wastage of water would also be too much. Hence it is advisable that while replacing bathroom faucet, you must turn the water off. Find the valve of the bathroom sink from where you can shut the water off. It must be under your sink. Turn up the valve to the right side for closing it and shutting the water off from the faucet. It depends upon the plumbing of your home, there might be one single valve for all of your faucet or you bathroom might have two different valve for the cold and hot water.
- Prepare for the work
Before you start with the actual work of replacing bathroom faucet, you have to make some preparation and make the area ready. Remove each and everything which is under the sink. Place a dry towel under the pipes to save the vanity from water damage. Put a bucket under the faucet and also over the towel for catching the water dripping while replacing it. You can also put up a garbage bag instead of bucket for added protection.
- Drain water
Even after shutting the valve off, there would be some water left in the pipe and if this water is not removed, it will come out with pressure while you start to work and make you wet and also make the floor dirty. Then turn the faucet on even after shutting the valve and keep it on till all the water comes pout and it is empty before you start to replace bathroom faucet.
This will also avoid leaks and water damage and spraying off the water everywhere after you remove the faucet.
- Remove the supply tubes
Supply tubes are those which connect the water supply with the faucet. Make use of adjustable wrench and make the nuts loose where the hoses are attached with the water supply. Make use of the basin wrench for loosening the nuts which are attached with the hoses with the faucet. Turn the nuts to the left side for getting them loose. Once you make the nuts loose by using the wrenches then you can easily remove them by your hands only.
- Take out the old faucet
Majority of the faucet are attached with the sink by using locknuts which are generally attached with the tail pieces under the sink. Make use of your hands or even adjustable wrench for making the nuts loose and then unthread them from the tailpieces. Once you get rid of the nuts, washers and supply lines, the faucet will itself become loose. Hold the faucets with both the hands and then pull it out straight from the mounting holes. Take the gasket out and then put it on the side with the faucet. Make use of the flashlight for finding the nuts placed under t6he sink if you are having any problem finding it.
- Check what type of faucet you have
When you remove the old faucet from its place, its time to see which type of faucet you have. There are basically three types of faucet, decide which type of faucet you have and then bring the new one with exact match of the old one. New faucet will be of no use if you are bringing the faucet without match as it will not fir in your bathroom sink.
- Install new faucet
First of all, you need to install a gasket while replacing bathroom faucet. It’s a plastic or rubber piece which sits in between sink and faucet for making sure that there is proper seal and be able to seal leaks. Attach this gasket at the bottom of the faucet matching up the holes and gasket along with tailpipes and valves on to the faucet. Take the new faucet and place it at the same place from you remove d the old one. Use the nuts and screws for attaching it in its place. Make sure you tighten it properly and don’t leave it loose.